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Instant Analysis: Giants win another thriller

XAVIER-MCKINNEY

AT A GLANCE

The 2022 Giants are well-versed in comebacks. So, when they found themselves down again in the fourth quarter, they never flinched and ran away from Jacksonville with a 23-17 victory over the Jaguars. It was the fourth-straight win for the Giants, who improved to 6-1 in the first year under coach Brian Daboll.

UP NEXT

The Giants stay on the road and travel to Seattle for their final game before the bye week. The Giants defeated the Seahawks 17-12 during their last trip to Lumen Field in 2020. Big Blue leads the all-time series 10-9.

View photos from the Giants' Week 7 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE OFFENSE

*The Giants got the fast start they had been looking for all season. Starting with a 12-yard completion to Darius Slayton on the first play of the game, Daniel Jones went 6 of 7 for 65 yards on the opening drive. He capped it with a 32-yard touchdown pass to Slayton for the wide receiver's first score of the season. The Giants scored just three points on their previous six opening drives combined.

*Jones completed 19 of 30 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown. But he was especially dangerous with his legs, racking up 107 yards on 11 carries (both career-highs). That included a one-yard quarterback dive to put the Giants ahead 20-17 with 5:31 left in the game. It capped a 10-play, 79-yard drive.

*The comeback came despite the team losing two starting offensive linemen to injuries in the first half. First, left guard Ben Bredeson limped off in the first quarter with a knee injury and was replaced by rookie Joshua Ezeudu. Bredeson was quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game. Rookie right tackle Evan Neal then left with knee injury and did not return. The seventh overall pick was replaced by Tyre Phillips.

*Rookie wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson had a team-high six catches for 50 yards a week after the second-rounder scored his first NFL touchdown as he returned from a knee injury.

*Saquon Barkley, who has a lingering shoulder injury, was held to 18 yards on nine carries in the first half. He came up clutch down the stretch, though, and finished with 110 yards on 24 carries. He also caught four passes for 25 yards.

*The Giants ran 39 times for 236 yards on the third-ranked rush defense.

*The last time the Giants had two 100-yard rushers in the same game was Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw at Minnesota on Dec. 13, 2010.

*Rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger, who had scored in back-to-back games, suffered an eye injury and did not return. He was taken to a hospital for further evaluation.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DEFENSE

*On Saturday, the Giants elevated three-time Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins and defensive lineman Ryder Anderson from the practice squad ahead of Sunday's game. Outside linebacker Quincy Roche was also signed to the active roster from the team's practice squad. Collins, who was one of the NFL's best safeties when he played his first four pro seasons with the Giants, returned to the team on Oct. 7. Collins spent the previous three seasons with the Washington Commanders.

*Four defenders were ruled out due to injuries: cornerback Cor'Dale Flott (calf), safety Jason Pinnock (ankle), and outside linebackers Oshane Ximines (quad) and Azeez Ojulari, who was placed on injured reserve with a calf issue.

*With the Jaguars driving deep in Giants territory and looking to take a two-possession lead into halftime, Xavier McKinney punched the ball away from running back Travis Etienne Jr. Safety Julian recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchback. The Giants entered Sunday leading the league in fumble takeaways.

*Last week, the Jaguars ran for a season-high 243 yards while the Giants allowed 211 on the ground, also the most this year. Thus, run defense was an emphasis for the Giants, who have been stout in just about every other important category. But Travis Etienne Jr. ran for a career-high 114 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, including a long of 49.

*The defense made a clutch stand on fourth-and-short, stopping Trevor Lawrence on a quarterback sneak just inside the red zone of a 17-13 game in the Jaguars' favor with 11:25 left in the game. Jones scored a go-ahead touchdown on the ensuing possession.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE SPECIAL TEAMS

*Graham Gano was perfect on three field goal attempts, two from 33 yards before his 34-yarder put the team ahead by six points with 1:04 left in the game.

*Cornerback Nick McCloud deflected an extra point attempt by Riley Patterson after the Jaguars retook the lead on the first possession of the second half.

IN-GAME INJURY REPORT

NYG: G Ben Bredeson (knee), OT Evan Neal (knee), TE Daniel Bellinger (eye)

JAX: OL Cam Robinson (shoulder)

INACTIVES

NYG: CB Cor'Dale Flott, WR Kenny Golladay, WR Kadarius Toney, OLB Oshane Ximines, S Jason Pinnock, LB Austin Calitro

JAX: WR Jamal Agnew, CB Shaquill Griffin, RB Snoop Conner, S Tyree Gillespie, DE Adam Gotsis

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